Lexington County SC Home Buyer Assistance Program
The Lexington Home Buyer Assistance Program is back for 2010! They expect to start funding again in August of 2010. Let us know how we can help !
What is It?
Funding for the Homeownership Assistance Program is Provided by HUD’s HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME). HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME provides formula grants to states and local governments. The funds are used, often in partnership with local nonprofit groups, to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.
The County of Lexington has been designated as a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ) in the HOME Program by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a PJ, the County will receive an annual allocation from the federal government to implement eligible HOME Program activities.
The Homeownership Assistance Program is administered through the County of Lexington’s Community Development Department. The program provides funding to eligible first-time homebuyers to assist with down payment and/or closing costs. A first-time homebuyer is defined as one who does not presently own a home or land, nor has previously owned a home or land within the last three (3) years. At the time of application to the Community Development Department, an applicant also cannot have an existing purchase contract on a home.
Funding is provided in the form of deferred forgivable loans, and may be applied toward the down payment and/or closing costs for the purchase of a single family dwelling. Assistance will typically be provided in amounts up to $5,000 and will be distributed on a first-come/first-served basis. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have necessary income to support ongoing mortgage payments. Applicants must also be able to secure a fixed-rate home mortgage through an approved lending institution. The interest rate must be at or below market rates. The mortgage must also be secured independent of a co-signer.
Applicants approved for program assistance must complete required homeownership education class prior to closing. The classes will cover topics including:
Budget and Credit
Home and Yard Maintenance
These classes help individuals and families take advantage of new housing opportunities by helping them gain the knowledge and financial skills they need to become successful homeowners. In addition, the classes will teach how to protect and maintain a housing investment and practice sound money management skills.
How To Apply
County of Lexington
Community Development Department
212 South Lake Drive, Suite 401
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: (803) 785-8559
Fax: (803) 785-8188
The Homeownership Assistance Program has specific requirements for homes that will be purchased with the assistance of funding provided through the program. The home must meet all criteria outlined below:
The home must be located within Lexington County.
The home must be occupied as the primary residence of the applicant.
The home must meet, at a minimum, Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS). A Lexington County Building Inspector will assess the home to determine compliance with quality standards. If corrective work is required, all work to address HQS violations must be completed prior to the closing date. Down payment assistance funds cannot be used for minor repairs or to correct violations.
Homes purchased with assistance through this program must meet the HUD Single Family Mortgage Limits under 203 (b) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709(b)). The County’s maximum purchase price for a home is currently $144,584 for a single-family dwelling (95% of the median area’s purchase). Homes that exceed this cost are not eligible for assistance through this program.
An appraisal must be done on the subject home/property. The home must appraise for at least the value of the purchase price.
For additional details regarding this program contact the Lexington County Community Development Department.
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